The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced the winners of the 2007 Top Restored Beach Award on May 18.
This year’s seven winners are: Chaland Headland Restoration Project in Louisiana; East Beach Norfolk Virginia; Surfside-Sunset Beach Orange County California; Collier County Beaches Florida Perdido Pass Alabama; West Hampton Dunes on Long Island in New York; and Folly Beach South Carolina.
The Top Restored Beaches were chosen based upon three criteria: the economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community; the short and long-term success of the nourishment project and the challenges each community overcame during the course of the project.
One of this year’s winners overcame significant obstacles. The Chaland Headland Restoration Project in Louisiana was granted funds for the restoration project four days prior to the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.
“The Top Nourished Beach award was created in 2001 as a way of highlighting nourished beaches” said Mayor Harry Simmons of Caswell Beach North Carolina and President of ASBPA. “As Americans begin to flock to our nation’s coastline during the upcoming beach season most beach-going Americans don’t even realize they may be enjoying a nourished beach.”